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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 5, 2013 at 5:52am

Not to my knowledge: In Australia, UK and the US some priests have dual citizenships and carry some diplomatic immunity, but if the police wanted to prosecute, they can.  Only the Pope carries full immunity.  It appears that they often don't get prosecuted, because traditionally the police avoided touching religion (esp. Christianity) and let punishment up to the church only.

In Australia there is a commission under way and likely many priests will be receiving lengthy prison sentences.  UK is considering the same action and possibly the US will follow suit.

Lets hope so!

Here's a site that also discusses this topic.

Comment by SteveInCO on March 5, 2013 at 5:36am

Is it in fact the case that RC priests have some sort of diplomatic immunity?

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 5, 2013 at 4:44am

Yes, these predators using their position to usurp sexual favors should be dealt with harshly, prison sentences are the least they should receive. Had my own run in with a church minister who taught us bible studies offering to teach me how to masturbate.  I was 14 and ignored his offers.

Yes, prison is where they belong at the very least.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 4, 2013 at 9:48pm

amer chohan and Joan, it happened in eighth grade.

In the Cincinnati (Ohio) Catholic school my dad sent his kids to, eighth graders were tested for ability to do high school work. Most boys went to the sports-oriented high school; another boy and I went to the academic high school taught by Jesuits. Most girls (including my older sister) went to high school classes in the nearby convent.

The nun who taught eighth grade had put a lot of effort into getting as many kids as she could to enter the seminary or the convent. One boy went to the nearby seminary to study for the priesthood and one girl entered the nearby convent to study for...the sisterhood?

I don't know who finished what; my dad moved us all to Florida two years later.

Comment by Patricia on March 4, 2013 at 9:44pm


Yes, it's been done & televised I believe, but I don't have first-hand knowledge on any names. Our local newspaper is the Williams Lake Tribune which could possibly have some archives or something.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 4, 2013 at 9:13pm

Loren: About six years ago, an annual County art show here in Napa County showed a life-size sculpture of a wolf in a priests' clothing. I heard a few people, as they viewed it, say they liked it. It stirred no controversy, as it surely would have a few years earlier.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2013 at 7:53pm

Patricia, do you know of anyone in your area who gathered stories from those who suffered abuse, neglect besides being taken from their families and denied their religion and language (abuse enough to be criminal)?

They could be collections of written or verbal stories?

Comment by Patricia on March 4, 2013 at 6:55pm


This whole area of BC is pretty much native & some of the horrid stories for the catholic residential schools are right here within my town area.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2013 at 4:42pm

Pat, your explanation of RICO Act needs to be emphasized. 


Just to follow up on what Loren said, there is a Federal statute commonly referred to as the RICO Act. "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations" Act. It was designed to go after the heads of Mafia families, for the crimes committed by their underlings with full knowledge of the Capo di tutti capi ("Godfather" - or in the case of the RCC - governing prelates). In addition, there are both State and Federal conspiracy laws that meet out prison sentences for those that consciously cover up crimes or, as listed in Illinois, Obstructing Justice (a felony). There are also numerous statutes regarding accessories to crimes - before, during, and after the criminal act. All of these, by the way, carry prison terms.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2013 at 4:32pm
Loren's statement needs to be repeated:
"The applicability of the RICO statute to the specific activities of the RCC which Pat and I have discussed here is clear and unambiguous ... and once again, I have to ask: where is there someone with the cojones to APPLY them?"

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